GCSD Students in Grades 9-12 Transitioning to All-Remote Learning Through Nov. 24

Earlier today we learned that an individual of the GHS school community tested positive for COVID-19. GHS Principal, Michael Piscitelli is working with the Albany County Department of Health to assist with contact tracing and to determine who will need to quarantine as a result. The Department of Health will follow up with those individuals.

In combination with mandatory quarantines from last week, this new case has created a staffing shortage for grades 9-12. Because of the staffing shortage at the high school level, we are transitioning to all-remote learning for grades 9-12 beginning tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 19 through, Tuesday, Nov. 24.

  • In-person 8th-grade students will continue to come to school on their scheduled days.
  • All students in grades 9-12 should continue to follow their regular schedule each day.
  • Students in self-contained classes will still report to in-person instruction.
  • Students in BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs will still attend in person and will be picked up and dropped off at their homes.
  • The planned half-day of instruction on Nov. 24 will remain remote-only for students in grades 7-12.

Free meals will be available to students in grades 9-12 during all-remote learning with no registration or sign-up required. Meals can be picked up at GHS tomorrow, Nov. 19, and then again on Monday, Nov. 23, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Beck, Food Service Director, at beckm@guilderlandschools.net.

We recognize how challenging all-remote learning is for our 9-12 students accustomed to the hybrid model. Please know we are committed to our school community’s health and safety and will continue to work through these hurdles together.

Please contact your building principal if you have questions about the district’s health and safety procedures. Questions concerning testing procedures can be directed to the Albany County Department of Health at (518) 447-4580.

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